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Management At LA-Based Investment Bank Wants To Know How Good Applicants Are At Human Interaction, Bar Trivia

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As we've discussed at length, each firm has its own unique process for interviewing applicants to determine if they're the right fit for the firm. At Goldman Sachs, potential hires are asked to come in 97 times before a decision can be made; often they're asked out of the box questions like “If you were shrunk to the size of a pencil and put in a blender, how would you get out?” and those applying for senior roles can typically expect to get down on all fours at some point. What does one have to look forward to should he/she attempt to gain employment at Houlihan Lokey and make it to the final round? A 3-part process called "Super Saturday," which actually takes all weekend.

Part 1: Friday night involves a dinner "to see how the candidates interact in a social environment with alcohol."

Part 2: Over bagels and lox the next day, applicants are asked questions like, "Which historical ruler presided over the largest span of the earth by area?" "Who is the all-time Major League RBI single-season leader?" and "What rock album holds the record for longest consecutive time in the top 100 bestselling list?"

Part 3: You go on a date with CEO Jeffrey Werbalowsky.

On his "dates," Werbalowsky prefers to ask applicants out-of-the-box questions that reveal what type of thinkers they are. For example: "You're the emperor of the world. Congratulations. Explain your new world order." Or: "Someone comes to you with a cold fusion reactor which basically creates energy out of tap water. Give me your business and marketing plans for this invention and any other thoughts you have on how to proceed."

"We're trying to find the perfect candidate who has interpersonal and financial skills," Werbalowsky said. "Someone who we would like to work with and someone who would be successful."

Impress Webalowsky and you'll get a call back. Blow it and he'll probably mysteriously lose your number.

Speed Dating With Houlihan Lokey [FINS]


Business School Applicants Having None Of This "Show Us You Can Speak Without Paying A Consultant $500 To Show You How" Crap

After years of receiving scripted answers to questions from would-be business school students re: why they want to go to Harvard/Wharton/Stanford/Sloan or what they think of a company's earnings potential or where they see themselves in five to ten years or what they ate for breakfast, admissions officers have lately been taking a new tack in an attempt to see the "real" side of applicants. Hoping to get a little "unrehearsed honesty" and insight into who these people really are, prospective students are being asked to submit "reflections" ("a short, off-the-cut note that must be submitted within 24 hours of an admissions interview") and take part in "team-based discussions," for which they're told to "relax, be genuine," not worry about giving the "right" answer, and just say what they really think, rather than what a coach told them to say they think. Unfortunately, Harvard and Wharton officials apparently have no idea who they're dealing with here. You can't make future b-school students relax and be genuine! You can't! You won't!